Blame it on unlawful poaching by foreign nationals on Philippine fishing grounds on the West Philippine Sea or the recent major weather disturbances but the price of mackerel scad or Galunggong has already skyrocketed to as high as P400 a kilo, a clear indicator that most Filipinos can longer call it as their favorite food staple because of its exorbitant unit price.

The prices of dried fish are similarly prohibitive. Salinas now sells at P700 per kilo while dried squid sells at P1,200/k. (Benjamin Cuaresma)